Not all certifications to ISO are the same. ISO certifications can be issued by accredited and non-accredited certification bodies. Any company pursuing ISO that wishes their certificates to be recognized and accepted across borders needs to work with an accredited certification body.
Non-accredited certification bodies (and those that claim to be accredited without the proper accreditation) usually don’t operate in adherence to ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015, the international standard for requirements for accredited certification bodies. This means they are not subject to regular quality, performance, and competence monitoring by a national accreditation body.
A certificate from a non-accredited certification body may not be recognized as credible by your clients and therefore, not acceptable. To avoid headaches, businesses should always work with an accredited certification body.
ISOP facilitates using only an accredited third-party certification body for ISO. ISOP also works with only credentialed auditors and Lead Auditors. This means they have been certified to a given standard by a governing body and adhere to the requirements of ISO 19011, the international guidelines for auditing management systems.
When selecting an ISO partner, make sure they work with only credentialed auditors and accredited certification bodies. If you’re in need of help with ISO, contact us today so you can learn more about what’s it’s like to work with us and how we can be the right partner for you.